More power to be given to Police if drivers fail on-the-spot Eye Tests

Drivers who are required to wear glasses on the road will often find that their car insurance providers will not pay out for a claim if they were not wearing their glasses when involved in an accident, and now ministers are giving the police easier ways to ban drivers who fail on the spot eye tests. A petition to implement “Cassie’s law” was recently started by Jackie McCord from Colchester, Essex and signed by 45,000 people after her sixteen year old daughter Cassie McCord was killed by an 87 year old motorist just three days after he failed an eye test issued by the police after he drove into the exit of a police station.

Colin Horsfall refused to give up his licence, and police were powerless to stop him as his licence had to be officially revoked by the Driver and Licencing Agency. The rules stated that the whole process has to be done by post meaning that it could take days before a licence can be revoked, but now ministers are allowing officers to request licences to be revoked via email, meaning that the process can be completed in a matter of hours. Road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: “We have every sympathy with Mrs McCord and would like to thank her for her valuable work in raising awareness of this issue.”

“The DVL A and the police have worked closely to greatly streamline the process for revoking a licence when the police identify that a driver’s eyesight is inadequate. The decision whether to revoke a driving licence on medical grounds remains with the DVLA, though the process for informing drivers that their licence has been revoked has now been accelerated.” The AA has also supported the new plans, with Paul Waters from the Association saying: “We believe this makes good sense. The police are occasionally confronted with these situations and it is sometimes tragic that they are powerless to take action on the spot.”

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